This beautiful light show is happening right now in San Diego, California! It is called a “red tide” because the water can appear red or golden, although here one sees eerie blue neon waves. It is produced by algae filled with phytoplankton called “dinoflagellates.” The algae is said to bloom during the warm months, rolling off the waves near the shoreline. This bioluminescence is the same kind of light made by fireflies. The purpose of their glow is to attract either a mate or their prey. Their light attracts me too although I do not fit either category!
Today’s verse talks about the light of our good deeds. When our kindness to others is done to give honor to the Heavenly Father, we shine as lights. In a dark and selfish world our lives can stand out and shine. The purpose of our light is not to attract people to ourselves, but to our Lord. We are to be open about the reasons behind our giving to others. It is not about me. It is about Him. It is not about my goodness but His!
People can see a difference in me when I do not look to be thanked or recompensed for what I do for others. I want my motives to be pure and have no personal agenda behind my actions. Public accolades are always nice to receive but I never want that to be the goal. I feel pretty insignificant sometimes, but even a small light can pierce that darkness and point others to Christ.
Lord, show me how to shine for You today!